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DREAMING LHASA

Capsule by Andrea Gronvall
From the Chicago Reader
May 4, 2007

Set in Dharamsala in northern India, this 2005 drama considers the challenges facing the Tibetan diaspora, in the person of a Tibetan-American documentary filmmaker, the local musician assisting her, and a refugee monk whose search for a missing freedom fighter leads him to exile communities in Jaipur and Delhi. The fictional story incorporates harrowing documentary testimony from former Tibetan political prisoners, but essentially this is a hopeful look at a resilient people keeping their traditions alive as they move into the digital age. The magnificent Himalayan panoramas are enhanced by a score combining folk music, Tibetan rock, and tunes by Western artists like the Cowboy Junkies. Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam directed. In English and subtitled Tibetan. 90 min.

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